Airmen from the 379th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron munitions flight load an AIM-120D Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile onto an F-15E Strike Eagle during an integrated combat turn training event at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, March 3, 2021. The AIM-120D AMRAAM has been used in service since 1991, and can reach a maximum speed of Mach 4. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Erwin)

More drones, more problems? The Air Force needs additional missiles for collaborative combat aircraft

SASC Chairman Sen. Jack Reed said fielding these types of uncrewed systems "would compound our missile problem."
Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), then-Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, asks questions of Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter as he testifies in a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee in 2012. Smith is now the Chair of the committee. (DoD Photo By Glenn Fawcett) (Released)

U.S. military needs more drones than tanks, says HASC chair Smith

Lawmakers will be pressuring the Pentagon to modernize faster, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said.